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4/23/15 - The Oakland Athletics struggled in Tuesday’s game against the Angels. Los Angeles came out with four runs in the second, then added six more in the sixth. With another four in the seventh, the Angels stole the game. The final score of 1-14 went up as a loss with three errors by the A’s. Wednesday’s game offered redemption for the Athletics with a final score of 9-2. The Athletics come back home to O.CO Coliseum on Friday (4/24) for a three-game series against the Houston Astros. Tickets for Friday evening’s game start at $24, and there’s plenty of great seats available. Following Sunday’s game, the Athletics get Monday off before they host the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series. Don’t miss your chance to cheer for the home team.
4/17/15 - The Oakland Athletics filed papers in the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday to move the A’s to San Jose. Although there’s a less-than one-percent chance that the high court could hear the case, and even if the A’s prevail, it doesn’t mean a move is imminent. However, the case is important to the baseball anti-trust laws. The A’s are first in the AL West, with a 5-5 record. They’re out on the road this week, with weekend games in Kansas City, then weekday games against the Los Angeles Angels. They come back to Oakland on Friday (4/24), for games against the Houston Astros. Get your tickets starting at $19, and come down to the ballpark for some great baseball. Don’t miss your home team!
4/9/15 - When the pitching is good for the Oakland Athletics – we’re looking at you, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir – it’s VERY good; Sonny Gray took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his opening start, while Kazmir whiffed 10 in his shutout effort. When it’s not good? Well, Ask Texas, who gained a split with the A’s in their opening series with a 10-0 walloping of the A’s.
4/2/15 - It’s a tough break for the Oakland Athletics, in more ways than one. Outfielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crism will be lost to the A’s for at least two months after having surgery on his right elbow. The procedure is to remove a bone chip and spurs from the joint; the typical recovery time is six to eight weeks, but Crisp hopes to be back sooner.
3/26/15 - No surprise here: Lefthander Sonny Gray will take the mound for the Oakland Athletics in their Opening Day game against division rival Texas. Bob Melvin made the announcement earlier this week, giving Gray the nod for the second straight season; last year, Gray threw six shutout innings, just the second Oakland pitcher in history to not allow any runs on Opening Day.
3/18/15 - Up and coming pitcher Kendall Graveman has been gaining serious momentum as the Oakland Athletics continue their pre-season Spring Training in Arizona. Not only is the young pitcher in contention for the A’s regular rotation, he may even secure the number three slot. Graveman pitched almost five scoreless innings in his most recent matchup, which caught manager Bob Melvin’s attention. He’s also boasting a 0.93 ERA and has started in three games this spring while showing his skills for getting grounder balls. Come see the pitching sensation for yourself as the Oakland A’s head deeper into Spring Training. The will face a tough matchup in their state rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, this Friday March 20 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, AZ. Don’t miss it!
3/11/15 - If you’re a college football fan of the Michigan Wolverines, you’d be forgiven if you did a double-take last weekend. Newly signed head coach Jim Harbaugh spent some time in an Oakland Athletics uniform this past Saturday, even acting as the team’s first base coach for a few innings; Harbaugh and A’s manager Bob Melvin are longtime friends, and while with the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh invited Melvin to spend a game on the Niners’ sideline.
3/5/15 - The original “Moneyball” team is still at it, creating success on a yearly basis on a mid-level budget. The Oakland Athletics hope that 2015 sees them return to the top of the American League’s West Division after a second-place finish in 2014 and a one-game appearance in the postseason. The A’s will be without third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was traded during the offseason but expect to fill his offense in other ways.
2/13/15 - Oakland Athletics fans should get excited because the 2015 MLB season starts with a bang for the Oakland team. Starting on April 6th, the Athletics will start the season with seven consecutive home games, one on each day of the week. The home opener, and first game of 2015, is against the Texas Rangers. You have plenty of opportunities to see your team in action and you won't have to break the bank to do it either. The first game's tickets start at $34, and the subsequent games are all around $20. This great series of home games comes at a price, however. The Athletics will not return to Oakland until the 24th, nearly two weeks later. Be sure to catch them before they leave town.
9/29/14 - Despite swooning after a fast start out of the gate, the Oakland Athletics are back in the postseason, thanks to young lefthander Sonny Gray, who helped the A’s to a 4-0 shutout on the final day of the season, earning the team a trip to Kansas City to take on the surprising Royals, who are making their first appearance in the playoffs in 29 years. Jon Lester, acquired from Boston at the trade deadline, is set to take the ball as the A’s pitcher in the Wild Card game, which will determine who advances to play the Los Angeles Angels, the team with the best record in baseball in 2014.
9/25/14 - Despite a second-half swoon, the Oakland Athletics are on the brink of their third playoff berth in as many seasons, and A’s fans have to be hoping that this year’s playoff performance isn’t similar to so many others the team has had in the 21st Century; in other words, eliminated in the Division Series. It’s looking entirely probable that the A’s will be taking on a Kansas City squad who’s making their first trip to the postseason in many years; going into the weekend’s final series, the A’s are a game back of the Royals for home field in that game, but that could easily change, though both teams are on the road facing weak opposition.
9/18/14 - While their probability of making the postseason is still over 90% (currently projected at 91.3%, according to ESPN.com’s “Hunt for October” page), it won’t take much to send the Oakland Athletics crashing out of the Major League Baseball postseason completely, either. The A’s are in a virtual tie with Kansas City for the better of the two wild-card spots, and just a game and a half ahead of Seattle, who is also fighting for that postseason berth. The A’s did themselves no favors by losing three straight to the cellar-dwelling Texas Rangers; they now have six more home games left, against Philadelphia and the newly-crowned AL West champ Los Angeles Angels, before finishing up on the road in Arlington, Texas, with the Rangers.
9/11/14 - Whither the Oakland Athletics? At one point in the season, the A’s were a stone cold, lead pipe lock to make the postseason; but as the week ends, the team finds itself in a three-way horse race for two American League wild-card slots. The Athletics are just a game and a half in front of a hungry but struggling Seattle squad in their own West Division; and just percentage points better, record-wise, than Detroit, who moved to match the A’s pitcher acquisition for pitcher acquisition at the trade deadline. Of the two biggest names the A’s picked up, Jeff Samardzija has struggled to adjust to his new league, with a 4-5 record since coming over from Chicago; but Jon Lester has pulled even with teammate Scott Kazmir for the team lead in wins, with 14. Sonny Gray is right behind the two, with 13 wins. This weekend, the A’s travel to Seattle in a key stretch-drive matchup with the Mariners.
9/4/14 - The still-faltering Oakland Athletics, recipients of some good luck the last couple of seasons in making the playoffs, could be in danger of having luck go against them this season – a season in which they had threatened to run away with the American League West, but have been passed by the Los Angeles Angels, and are now just 3 ½ games ahead of third-place Seattle. The A’s have lost six of their last seven games – a four-game sweep by the Angels to finish August, but after starting September with a win against the Mariners, two more losses have followed. The A’s have seven non-division contests remaining, including a four-game ser with the Chicago White Sox, and a visit from Philadelphia of the National League.
8/28/14 - With the calendar set to turn into September, both Western Divisions in Major League Baseball appear to be turning into classic NorCal (San Francisco, Oakland) vs. SoCal (Dodgers, Angels) battles – though for the Oakland Athletics, it’s not a battle they expected to be in a month ago. The A’s are 12-13 for the month of August, heading into the final weekend, with their longest win streak of the month being just three games. Still, the A’s maintain the best run differential in the bigs, having scored 165 more runs than they’ve allowed through this point of the season. The A’s will face almost exclusively AL West opposition coming down the stretch, with just three games against Philadelphia from the National League allowing a bit of a break in the action.
8/21/14 - After spending most of 2014 as the standard-bearers of the Major League Baseball season – even going so far as improving their starting pitching with a pair of blockbuster trades – the Oakland Athletics find themselves looking up at the Los Angeles Angels, who have overtaken the A’s in the American League West race, and are now a game and a half behind the Halos. What does this mean? It means that two teams once thought to be solidly in the driver’s seat in their respective divisions, two teams who made key moves to bolster starting pitching at the July trade deadline – namely, the A’s and Detroit – are now the AL’s top wild card squads as the month of September approaches. Yep, baseball IS a funny game.
8/15/14 - After winning five of six, the Oakland Athletics have run into a streak of results that are a mirror image – losing five of their last six games, including three of four to the hot team of the moment, Kansas City. The lone win against the Royals, who now lead the AL Central, was an 11-3 pasting to give trade-deadline acquisition Jon Lester his third win in a row as a member of the A’s. The Royals notched wins over the A’s other top starters – Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, and Jeff Samardzija. Still, Oakland remains the squad with the best record in baseball, at 73-49, and a game and a half ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Angels, with seven games coming up against the Halos in the second half of the month which could prove decisive.
7/31/14 - The Oakland Athletics have made yet another big move for pitching, pulling the trigger on a trade deadline acquisition which sends cannon-armed, power-hitting (two time All-Star Home Run Derby winner) Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a compensatory draft pick to Boston for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. Lester, 10-7 with a strong 2.52 ERA for the moribund Red Sox, joins a loaded Athletics rotation which already included a resurgent Scott Kazmir and an emerging star in Sonny Gray, plus picking up Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs in June. With the A’s giving up Cespedes, the Red Sox now have a trio of outfielders (including Shane Victorino and Jackie Bradley Jr.) who are known for their defensive prowess, while Cespedes’ power will make him a compliment to sluggers David Ortiz and Mike Napoli...
7/24/14 - The Oakland Athletics remain the best team in baseball…but if they’re not careful, they could find themselves in a real pennant race soon, with the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s are 63-38, the best record in the bigs, but the Angels have quietly snuck up and sit just 2 ½ games back with the second best record in baseball. Still, the A’s are getting some of the best, most consistent pitching in all of Major League Baseball, and new acquisition Jeff Samardzija has fit right in; the former Cubs ace has started four games for the A’s, recording two wins against one loss, with 20 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched and a 2.70 ERA. Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray have identical 11-3 win-loss records, while Kazmir is two whiffs behind Gray, 116 to 114. In another mark of consistency, third starter Jesse Chavez also has 114 K’s.
7/9/14 - The All-Star Game, let alone the trade deadline, has yet to arrive, and the Oakland Athletics, widely considered the top team in Major League Baseball this season, made a huge move to improve what was already a strong point. The A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs last week; both hurlers were expected to be trade-deadline deals, but no one expected this deal. Samardzija had been named to the National League All-Star squad before the deal had been made, but it is without a doubt that the former Notre Dame wide receiver is happer to be pitching for a pennant contender this year. In fact, in his A’s debut, Samardzija allowed just one run and five hits in seven innings against Toronto.
6/26/14 - With the All-Star break coming up, talk is turning to the various activities which now come along with the nid-season All-Star Game – especially the fan favorite Home Run Derby. The Oakland Athletics’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who made quite a bit of noise a few weeks ago with his arm, made headlines with his bat last year at the Derby, launching 32 bombs (third highest total in Derby history) to win it last year. Talk is swirling this year about a possible showdown of Cuban exiles in Cespedes and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig in this year’s power show. Last year Cespedes seemed to imply that he could beat the Dodgers’ young star, saying through an interpreter, “This is not the kind of competition he would excel at.” It remains up to this year’s Derby captains, Jose Bautista (AL) and Troy Tulowitzki (NL) to make their selections if it happens.
6/23/14 - Not everything has come up roses for the best team in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, this season. Case in point: pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who broke his glove (right) hand as a result of punching a chair in the A’s clubhouse after a 14-8 loss to the Texas Rangers. The lefthanded Pomeranz was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of the injury. Afterwards, he told reporters, “I just let my emotions take over me, and I did something stupid.” For Pomeranz, he said it was the first time he had ever broken a bone, but he tried to put an optimistic spin on the situation, saying, “Hopefully, I’ll be back as soon as possible.” The A’s called up Evan Scribner, a righthanded reliever, from the club’s Triple A affiliate in Sacramento.
6/16/14 - Attention, Major League Baseball: he did it not once, but twice. Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes unleashed a pair of guided-missile throws from the deep left-field corner, on consecutive nights against the Los Angeles Angels, sending the baseball world into a chattering tizzy. The first throw, the more impressive of the two, came after Cespedes had misplayed a fly ball off the bat of the Angels’ Mike Trout; the ball hit off Cespedes’ glove and into foul territory, where he retrieved it and on the fly threw out Howie Kendrick, who had rounded third base BEFORE Cespedes let fly. The next night, Cespedes had to track down a ball that caromed off the wall in the left field corner back towards center, then fired to third base to throw out Albert Pujols trying for a triple.
6/4/14 - After being swept by Toronto in late May, the Oakland Athletics turned up the intensity a couple notches, and have won seven of their last nine, including a split with Central Division leading Detroit; and a sweep of the second-place Los Angeles Angels, part of a five game string that has also seen the A’s take the first two of a three game set from the once-feared New York Yankees. A big test will come on Junr 5, when Oakland faces Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who reeled off six straight wins before suffering his first regular season loss since he was in Nippon Professional Baseball, the Japanese major league. Though two of them are listed as day to day, the troika of Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Yoenis Cespedes has turned into quite a Murderer’s Row in the middle of the A’s lineup; all three hitters are in double figures in homers, and both Donaldson and Moss have OPS figures approaching 1.000.
5/29/14 - The Oakland Athletics have risen to the top of ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, and it’s clear why – team hitting, and team pitching. The A’s are tied with Toronto for the best record in the American League (and second best in all of Major League Baseball) at 32-22; offensively, they’re third in MLB in runs scored, fourth in homers, and second in on-base percentage, while at the top of the league in ERA, fewest runs allowed, and batting average against (a minuscule 219), and tied for fourth in shutouts (with Toronto and Miami). Individually, Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss are both in the AL’s top ten in homers; Donaldson also has the A’s top batting average at .276, with Moss not far behind at .271.
5/23/14 - Here’s a couple of reasons why the Oakland Athletics are atop the American League West Division: As a team, the A’s are second in Major League Baseball in runs scored (241, behind Colorado’s 255), and second also in team slugging percentage (.413, also behind Colorado at .488). Josh Donaldson is second in the American League in runs scored, with 39; further down the list are Brandon Moss with 25 (including a solo shot on May 21 that turned out to be the A’s only hit of the game, a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay), Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes. Moss has the A’s top individual slugging percentage at .576, fourth in the AL; Donaldson (.508) and Cespedes (.478, tied with Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox) are also in the AL’s top 20 in slugging.
5/5/14 - The Oakland Athletics are on fire with a 19-12 record, for first place in their division and just half a game behind the Detroit Tigers for the top spot in the American League. The A's annihilated the Rangers in all three matches last week and avoided a sweep of their own with Sunday's victory over the Boston Red Sox. Today, Oakland returns home from their long road trip, pitted against the Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. Oakland Athletics tickets are cheapest when they play the Mariners; get-in for $14 on 5/6 and $16 on 5/7. Pay a minimum of $21 to see the A's take on the Nationals at O.CO Coliseum on 5/9.
4/29/14 - The Oakland Athletics still hold first place in the AL West, but they've loosened their grip this past week. The A's were swept by the Rangers and split their series with the Astros in their last meeting. Their current series with Texas is crucial, as the Rangers (15-11) are just one game behind Oakland (16-10) for top spot in the division. Oakland Athletics tickets are cheapest when at Texas this week: get-in for $2 on 4/29 and 4/30. Prices jump up to a $19 minimum when they travel to Boston to play the Red Sox on Friday (5/2).
4/21/14 - The Oakland Athletics are at the top of their division, the top of their conference, and they are just one game behind the Brewers for top record in the majors. The A's have won three in a row (eight of their last ten), and they're likely to extend that drive into this week when they take on the struggling Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Score inexpensive Oakland Athletics tickets for their final matchup with the Rangers ($17 on 4/23), and even cheaper tickets for their first game against the Astros ($8 on 4/24).
4/15/14- The Oakland Athletics are one of the hottest teams in the league, going 8-4 after two weeks of play, taking first place in the AL West. Oakland is pitted against the Los Angeles Angels to finish off their road trip, and will return home to host the Houston Astros on Friday. With these two upcoming opponents, the Athletics have a shot at catching up to the Brewers for hold of the majors' early season supremacy. Oakland Athletics tickets are very affordable despite their electric start: pay just $5 to see them take on the Angels in Anaheim (4/16), or $18 for Field Level seats this Sunday at O. CO Coliseum.
4/8/14 - Two of the Oakland A's games were postponed due to rain, but the squad has managed a solid 4-3 record after a week of baseball. After losing their opening series to Cleveland, the A's took two games over Seattle and, with a resounding 8-3 victory in yesterday's game, they're on track to winning the series over Minnesota. The A's are at the start of a long road trip, where they'll play Minnesota, Seattle and Anaheim in enemy territory. The cheapest Oakland Athletics tickets are on 4/9 & 4/10 for just $1 against the Twins, and prices jump up to $15 on 4/12 & 4/13 against the Mariners. Coco Crisp is currently out of the lineup due to wrist inflammation, but upon receiving a cortisone shot yesterday, he is projected to return Wednesday or Thursday. Additionally, Ryan Cook (who missed the first week and all of spring) is back in the bullpen, having recovered from shoulder inflammation.
4/1/14 - The Oakland Athletics were shutdown in their attempt at an Opening Day victory, when the Cleveland Indians defeated them 2-0. The game was quiet until the ninth inning when Jim Johnson, in his A's debut, gave up two ninth inning runs to the Tribe. See if the A's can turn things around and win-out their first series of the year: tickets for tomorrow's game start at $12 and drop to $10 on Wednesday. Lucky Oakland fans get their team at home for their next series against the Seattle Mariners, beginning this Friday (get-in for $18).
3/25/14 - The Oakland A's may be out of Arizona soon, but that doesn't mean you can't catch awesome exhibition games when they come back to California! Oakland will finish out Cactus League play this Wednesday against the Angels (get-in for $38) and they'll be headed home to take on other Cali rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in a preseason series. Get super cheap Oakland A's tickets this Thursday (get in for $1) and Friday (get-in for $9) at AT&T Park, or score tickets at O.CO Coliseum when the A's host the Giants for the final exhibition showdown of the year (get-in for $24 on Saturday). If you want to wait until regular season kicks off, grab tickets to Oakland's Opening Day game against the Cleveland Indians this Monday: tickets are as low as $28 in Plaza Reserve. Following the injuries to Jarrod Parker and AJ Griffin, expect to see Sonny Gray on the mound for Monday's opener.
3/18/14 - Some bad news came for the Oakland Athletics, who after running medical exams on two of their pitchers, found that AJ Griffin will be out several weeks due to flexor tendinitis—but even worse, Jarrod Parker (projected Opening Day starter) will be needing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Despite the bad news, the As are looking to end Spring Training on a high note, before they take on the Cleveland Indians in two weeks for Opening Day. Oakland Athletics tickets run about $15 pricier for their inaugural game compared to their regular season games: the average price you'll pay on March 31 (Opening Day) is $80, versus the $64 you'd pay on average for a regular season game.
3/10/14 - Despite the fact that the San Francisco Giants are willing to share AT&T Park in 2015, the Oakland Athletics are now considering moving the team to a temporary stadium rather than share one with their cross-bay rivals—perhaps weary from their current situation with the Oakland Raiders. The A's don't seem to be bothered by the status of three injured position players who are still days away from returning: catcher Derek Norris, first baseman Daric Barton and outfielder Craig Gentry. Oakland has averaged 4.5 runs in their 8 games thus far, with Billy Burns and Sam Fuld making statements as they battle for the fourth outfield spot. This week, Oakland Athletics tickets are cheapest when they play the Royals on Wednesday (get-in for $17).
3/3/14 - The Oakland Athletics have made some major waves just five games into Spring Training. The team has raked in a 3-1-1 record, with two against Bay Area rivals San Francisco, thanks in part to Billy Burns (replaced Coco Crisp in the lineup) who's hitting .308. A highlight reel moment came when Gold Glove winner Josh Reddick made an impossible catch in the Cactus League opener at Scottsdale. The A's will hope to keep this exciting winning momentum alive, with two big games lined up this week: Tuesday against Milwaukee ($5 get-in) and Friday against Arizona ($24 get-in).
2/25/14 - Great news for Oakland A's fans: catcher John Jaso will resume his role behind the plate in a game for the first time since enduring a severe concussion last season. Jaso will start at catcher when Oakland takes on the Milwaukee Brewers this Thursday (2/27) in Phoenix; tickets start at $10. In the Twitter-sphere, Oakland infielder Eric Sogard, a relative unknown, is trending as a finalist in the MLB Network's #FaceOfMLB competition. Support Eric and the A's with Oakland Athletics tickets! Spring training tickets run $38 on average.
2/11/14 - The Oakland Athletics extended fleet-footed Coco Crisp's contract for two-years with hopes he'll top last year's career-high 22 home run number. The outfielder has already proven his worth on the roster, but Oakland's starting rotation is another story. The A's may have a strong lineup, but with three days left until pitchers start reporting, a proven No. 1 starter has yet to emerge. Springtime is when pitchers fighting for the lead spot put their goods on show, so don't miss out on Oakland A's tickets! Shell out just $6 and you can be in Scottsdale for their first game of Cactus League play, when they take on cross-city rivals, the San Francisco Giants.
1/30/14 - The Oakland Athletics, AL West kings for the last two years, have bolstered their already stellar bullpen with the acquisition of strong arms within their budget: Sans Colon and Anderson, the team has signed Kazmir, O’Flaherty, Johnson and Gregerson. Spring Training tickets are $46 on average at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Get some Oakland A’s tickets today and see this new-look bullpen take off!
The Oakland Athletics are currently basking in victory with two back-to-back AL West league titles, but this time around, the franchise is determined to lockdown the national title. The A’s are headed into this season without Barton Colon or Brett Anderson, and the team still boasts a strong bullpen—especially with the recent signing of LHPs Eric O’Flaherty and Scott Kazmir, and RHPs Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson.
The Oakland Athletics recently shot down the rumor of their interest in Stephen Drew at shortstop, stating that they were “comfortable with an Eric Sogard-Nick Punto” connection. Can the A’s relive their last two triumphant Septembers? Will they finally seek revenge over the Detroit Tigers after two straight ALDS losses? This team is loaded with talent—score you Oakland A’s tickets now and watch this Bay Area team take it to the top!
10/2/13 - Game 1 of the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers will be played Friday in Oakland. This ALDS is the cheapest of the four division series averaging just $108 on the secondary market. Oakland Athletics ALDS tickets for games 1, 2, and 5 (if nec.) are averaging $135. Entering the ALDS, Oakland Athletics World Series tickets are averaging $947, second cheapest in MLB only to St. Louis Cardinals World Series tickets.
9/25/13 - For the second year in a row the Oakland Athletics won the AL West and advanced to the MLB Playoffs. The A’s would like to make a deeper run in the postseason than last year with their right handers leading the way; Colon, Parker, Griffin, and Gray will likely be the four starters. It has been a September to remember for the A’s who went 17-6 this month and leads the West by 7.5 games heading into the last weekend of the regular season. The first home game of the division series at O.CO Coliseum has reasonably priced tickets, averaging $171 and starting at $56.
7/25/13 - Once again, the “Moneyball” crew have very quietly put together yet another impressive performance, while sneaking up on everyone and moving into first place in the AL West late in the first half. The A’s are getting offensive contributions from players such as second-year outfield starter (and All-Star Home Derby champ) Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Josh Donaldson, and first baseman Brandon Moss; and ace pitcher Bartolo Colon. Will the A’s pull away in the second half?
The 2012 A's season was one of their best in recent memory. After trailing the division leading Rangers by 13 games at the end of June and by 5 games with only 9 to play, the A's were able to catch up and clinch the division title by defeating Texas in the final game of the regular season. Despite losing a hard-fought ALCS to the Tigers, Oakland far surpassed expectations for the season. After winning the 2012 AL Manager of the Year award, Bob Melvin looks to return to the playoffs in 2013. Oakland had a relatively quiet offseason but should be aided by the acquisition of catcher John Jaso, outfielder Chris Young, and shortstop Jed Lowrie. The A's also acquired Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki "Hero" Nakajima, who was a consistent .300 hitter in the Japanese league. Oakland hopes Hero will have as effective a rookie year as Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes did for the team in 2012. Cespedes looks to continue his development after batting .292, hitting 23 home runs, and finishing 2nd in AL Rookie of the year voting.
The A's begin their division title defense on 4/1 at home in their season opener against the Mariners. Get-in price is around $27 with Oakland A's tickets averaging $79. Overall, average price to see a game at the Oakland Coliseum in 2013 is $59, 16% below league average and lowest of any 2012 playoff team. The most inexpensive A's games come in the month of April, when A's tickets average just $42. Currently, September is the next cheapest month to A's baseball with an average price of $51. Expect this number to rise if the A's manage to repeat their 2012 late-season performance.